A team of joint security forces last night raided USAFI Market mosque in Kisenyi slum area in an operation to arrest a suspect connected to late Susan Magara who was kidnapped and killed in February this year.
The operation was conducted by a contingent of highly trained commandos from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Joint Ant Terrorism Task Team (JAT) and commandos from elite unit of police Counter Terrorism Unit (CT).
According to a highly placed security source, the operation started Friday night at 10Pm and ended at 2Am Saturday morning.
According to a police statement issued on their media platforms, a number of suspects involved in acts of terrorism and radicalization were arrested.
“Women and children who had been held hostage were successfully rescued,” the statement signed by police spokesperson Emilian Kayima read in part.
Mr Kayima said two armed suspects were shot dead as they attacked the officers in the operation.
Police is yet to avail more information on the operation.
Accordingly, Gen Jeje Odongo the minister of Internal Affairs while addressing the media at Uganda Media center said the operation was conducted to arrest a suspect also a member of the mosque linked to Magara.
Magara was a former cashier at Buwendero dairy farm in Hoima who was kidnapped along Kabakanjjagala road and brutally murdered and killers dumped her body along southern bypass.
Gen Odongo explained that security forces investigating the brutal murder case have been tracking telephone contacts of one of the people who were calling and demanding the shs 1bn ransom from Magara’s father and the GPS led them to USAFI market mosque.
The minister said that security while going for a search and cordon at the mosque; it was met with a deadly resistance from machete wielding members of the mosque.
He added that during the fierce fighting, two people who are members of the mosque were shot dead while a police officer from Counter Terrorism unit was cut his hand and is admitted at Nakasero mosque.
Security also arrested 36 suspects, rescued 18 women, and 94 children of different nationalities including Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Ugandans.
The joint security forces also recovered 60 bullets, 24 pangas, one bow and arrow and a laptop.
The Internal affairs minister noted that the operation is still ongoing adding that the more suspects still on the run are being hunted.
Muslim communities surrounding the mosque hailed the intervention of the security forces to arrest the members of the mosque saying that they were a threat to the community.
According a some of the Muslim members who did not want to disclosed for fear of their lives said even fellow Muslims who are not the members of that mosque could not be allowed to enter it.
“They were in their own world, even us Muslims we could not access that mosque, they were so protective and that means there is something inside they were hiding “One of the Muslims told this website.